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  • If you have been planning a journey to experience the wild sojourn in India, then the good news is that winter is here. Various Wildlife Sanctuaries in Rajasthan and other national parks in wildlife tour calls you for an indulgent travel experience. Imagine yourself perching atop a Camel or taking a bumpy ride in a Jeep safari and coming face to face to a Panther or a wild boar, this is actually what can be expected while travelling to Rajasthan for your wild encounter.

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    The number of wildlife sanctuaries and national park in Rajasthan makes it an oasis to numerous birds and mammals and they not just only serve as protected areas focusing to conserve the species but are some lands which are still undestroyed by the human’s touch.

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    Some of the major known national parks and bird sanctuaries are Ranthambore national park, Bharatpur bird sanctuary 
    and Sariska tiger reserve. Gajner Sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.Sitamata Sanctuary, Mount Abu Sanctuary, Desert National Sanctuary, Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Darrah Sanctuary are some of the many natural habitats that you find in Rajasthan and can be toured around. From semi green forests which are witnessed in the region of Mount Abu to dry grasslands of the desert near Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, from dry deciduous thorn forest of Aravali to wetlands of Bharatpur; the varied topography constructs such different natural habitats for many endangered species and attracts many migratory birds.

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    The animals which you will spot majorly are the Ubiquitous Langur, Panthers, Owlets, Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Antelopes, Caracal, Marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Blackbuck Indian Fox, Desert Fox, Bears etc. Do not forget to keep your cameras handy because if you want to click the wildest moments, you need to have spontaneity. Keep your eyes open for birds such as Peacocks, Golden Oriole,  Grey Jungle Fowl, Doves, Red Spur Owls, Parakeets, White Breasted Kingfisher, and Bulbul. Go close to nature, visit Rajasthan and uncover the wild.

    Here are some of the best wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Rajasthan:

  • 01Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur

    Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
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    The Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most important national parks in the country. It is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan.  It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan.

    The Ranthambore National Park was originally established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Indian Government and was brought under the Project Tiger scheme in 1973. It was declared as a National Park in 1980.

    The adjacent forests of the sanctuary were declared as the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary. In 1991, the Tiger Reserve was expanded by merging the nearby sanctuaries, and thus the Ranthambore National Park was formed.

    The Ranthambore National Park is best known for its tiger population. The tigers can be easily spotted in the park. The best time to visit the park is in the months of November and May as the foliage gives way to good sighting opportunities of these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

    The park is situated on a plateau and is bound by the rivers Chambal and Banas on either side. The majestic Ranthambore Fort is also situated within the limits of the Ranthambore National Park. The national park abounds in wildlife and is home to a large number of species including chitals, sloth bears, hyenas, sambars, wild boars, nilgai, leopards and tigers.

    The national park is also known for the persistent efforts taken by the authorities to revive the tiger population in the park. In 2005, there were as many as 26 tigers in the sanctuary.

    The number increased to 34 in 2008. In order to secure the region, the authorities are giving incentives to the villagers to keep off limits. Surveillance cameras have also been installed in the park to monitor the animals.

    Best time to visit: 1st October to 30th June
    Opening and closing hours : 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Canter (20 seater), Jeep (6 seater)

    Highlights of the park :

    • One of the best sanctuaries to spot Indian Tigers
    • Step into the wilderness with a Jungle Safari
    • Discover more than 500 species of flowering plants
    • Spot several endangered wildlife species
    • Finest Resorts amidst the Wildlife
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  • 02Sariska National Park, Alwar

    Sariska National Park, Alwar
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    The Sariska Tiger Reserve is situated in the Alwar district in the state of Rajasthan and is one of the important national parks in Rajasthan. It was the hunting grounds of the State of Alwar. The sanctuary was declared as a Wildlife Reserve in 1955 and was brought under the Project Tiger scheme in 1978.

    The vegetation in the Sariska Tiger Reserve comprises of dry deciduous forests, scrub thorn and grasses.  The park is spread over 866 square kilometres and is situated at a distance of 107 km from Jaipur and 200 km from Delhi. The Sariska Tiger Reserve is a part of the Aravalli Range and is rich in minerals such as copper.

    The most attractive feature of the Sariska Tiger Reserve is its population of Royal Bengal Tigers. It is home to a large number of wild animals including Rhesus monkeys, Hanuman langurs, hares, wild boars, chousingha or the four horned antelope, chinkara, nilgai, sambhar, golden jackals, striped hyenas, caracal, jungle cats and leopards.

    It also has a significant number of bird species such as the Great Indian Horned Owl, crested serpent eagle, golden backed woodpecker, tree pie, sand grouse, bush quail, grey partridge, peafowl, and more. The reserve also boasts of some great historical sites such as the Kankanwadi Fort, the Pandupol Hills, the Hanuman Temple on the Pandupol Hill, among others.

    The Sariska Tiger Sanctuary is also the first ever Tiger Reserve in the country where tiger relocation and rehabilitation has been carried out successfully. The declining number of tigers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve was confirmed in a report by a leading journalist in 2005.

    The reporter in his story claimed that there were no tigers left in the reserve. This led to a series of investigations by the authorities and on learning that the report was indeed true, efforts were made to relocate tigers. Three tigers were reintroduced into the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The number has now grown to a total of seven with five adults.

    Best time to visit : 1st October to 30th June
    Opening and closing hours : 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep

    Highlights of the park :

    • The first ever relocated home of the Royal Bengal Tigers
    • Explroe the beauty of the enchanting Aravalli Range
    • Spend a day amidst several rare and endangered species
    • Visit several historical places and temples near the park
  • 03Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary , Bharatpur

    Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary , Bharatpur

    The Keoladeo Ghana National Park was formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to a large number of migratory birds during the hibernal season and is a very popular tourist place in Rajasthan. The bird sanctuary, which attracts a large number of ornithologists from all over the country and the world during the migratory season, plays home to as many as 230 avian species.

    In 1971, the park was declared as a protected zone and was later included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The bird sanctuary is a man-made wetland and an important national park of Rajasthan. The national park is of much importance, geographically, as it protects the town of Bharatpur from flooding during flash floods and also provides grazing grounds for the village cattle. In earlier days, the place served as waterfowl hunting grounds.

    The bird sanctuary is home to 379 floral species,  366 bird species and several animals. The sanctuary is one of the richest areas of avian habitation in the world. The sanctuary came into existence about 250 years ago and is named after the Keoladeo Temple situated within its premises. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the best birding areas in the world and receives as many as 1,00,000 visitors every year. Out of these, about 45,000 are foreigners. It is a very popular tourist destination in Rajasthan and for this reason, accommodation facilities have also been arranged in and around the sanctuary.

    The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day and can easily be reached by road. Inside the park, tourists can seek accommodation at the Forest Lodge and a Government run Guest House called Shanti Kutir.

    Best time to visit : October to February

    Opening and closing hours : 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Type of Wildlife Safari : Camel and Jeep

    Highlights of the park :

    • One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India
    • Home to more than 370 species of exotic birds
    • Once a hunting ground of the Maharajas, now an important centre for ornithologists
    • Enjoy bicycle and rickshaw safari in the park
    • During rainy seasons, one can enjoy boat safari
    • Paradise for the bird watchers
  • 04Desert National Sanctuary, Jaisalmer

    Desert National Sanctuary, Jaisalmer
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    The Desert National Park is one of the important national parks in Rajasthan and is situated near the town of Jaisalmer. Sprawling over an area of 3162 square kilometres, the national park is one of the largest national parks in the country.

    The unique landscape of the national park is one of the greatest attractions for tourists from all over the world. Almost 20 per cent of the park is constituted of sand dunes. The rest of the landmark comprises of fixed dunes, intermedial areas, salt lake bottoms and craggy rocks. It is an excellent example of the desert ecosystem.

    Despite the landscape, the national park abounds in birdlife. The most commonly sighted birds in the national park include the endangered Great Indian Bustard, sand grouse, kestrels, laggar falcons, spotted eagles, tawny eagles, short toed eagles, vultures, buzzards, falcons, harriers and eagles.

    The Desert National Park also has an impressive collection of plant and animal fossils which are as old as 180 million years. The most suitable time to visit the Desert National Park is between November and January. The most commonly sighted wild animals in the national park include chinkara, black bucks, hedgehogs, wolves, desert cats, Bengal foxes and desert foxes.

    The most important attraction of the national park is the Great Indian Bustard, which is a magnificent bird found in very few numbers. The bird is brown and white in colour, measures about one metre in height and has long legs and neck.

    Some of the other attractions near the Desert National Park are the Sam Sand Dunes located near the Thar Desert and the Gadsisar Sagar Tank. The Gadsisar Sagar Tank is one of the most popular tourist places in Rajasthan. A large number of migratory birds visit the lake during the winters every year.  Tourists can also enjoy jeep safaris to explore a larger part of the area.

    Best time to visit : October to February
    Opening and closing hours : 12 pm to 5 pm
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep and Horse

    Highlights of the park :

    • Witness Great Indian Bustard, one of the rare birds found only in India
    • Spot Chinkaras and other lively species of Deer
    • Visit the fascinating Sam Sand Dunes
    • Go for bird watching near the GadsisarSagar Tank
    • Take a jeep safari and explore the park

  • 05Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh

    Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh
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    The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. The sanctuary is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan.

    Sprawling over an area of 578 sq km, the sanctuary surrounds the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Situated at an elevation of 500 to 1300 metres, the sanctuary is home to a large variety of wildlife, some of which are highly endangered species. Some of the animals that inhabit the sanctuary include hares, chinkaras, four horned antelopes, nilgai, sambhar, jungle cats, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards and wolves.

    The sanctuary also abounds in birdlife and some of the birds that can be easily spotted here include grey jungle fowl, peacocks, doves, white breasted kingfisher, bulbuls, pigeons, golden oriole, and parakeets.

    The natural grandeur of Kumbhalgarh is the most attractive feature about the sanctuary. Its scenic beauty attracts tourists and travellers from all over the country and the world. It is situated at a distance of about 100 km from Udaipur and this makes the sanctuary an extremely popular tourist place.

    Visitors can enjoy foot tracking and horse safaris in the sanctuary, arranged by local tour operators. The route for safaris starts from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and continues till Ghanerao. On an abandoned road near Ghanerao, visitors can spot several bird species, four horned antelopes, chinkaras and neelgais.

    The Keoladeo Wildlife Sanctuary was in news some time ago. The Supreme Court of India favoured the sanctuary for relocation of Asiatic Lions over the reintroduction of Cheetahs proposal. Lion Safaris are being proposed currently to increase the tourist inflow into the national park.

    Best time to visit : October to March
    Opening and closing hours : 10 am to 5 pm everyday
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep, Trek

    Highlights of the park : 

    • Join the fascinating Lion Safari and spot these majestic animals
    • Visit the historic Kumbalgarh Fort within the sanctuary
    • Catch the glimpses of several species of exotic and colourful birds
    • Go for a horse safari and explore the imposing beauty of the sanctuary
    • One can also go for foot tracking and jeep safari

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  • 06Darrah Sanctuary, Kota

    Darrah Sanctuary, Kota
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    The Darrah National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Rajasthan. It was established in 2004 and comprises of three wildlife sanctuaries namely, the Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, the Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and the Jaswant Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

    The national park has large stretches of forests which were formerly part of the Maharaja of Kota’s hunting grounds. Spread over an area of 250 sq km, the wildlife sanctuary is situated at a distance of 50 km from the town of Kota. The sanctuary was officially declared as a protected zone in 1955.  It is home to a number of species including the wild boar, deer, nilgai, cheetah and wolves.

    A visit to the Darrah sanctuary is a very rewarding experience. The natural beauty of the region is beyond description. Furthermore, it also has a very rich cultural history. Jhalwar, another popular tourist destination is situated very close to the Darrah National Park.

    There is a very beautiful fort also within the premises of the sanctuary. The Jenana Khana of the fort is worth visiting because of its architectural beauty. The Sun Temple in Jharipatan is another destination worth visiting during a trip to the Darrah National Park.

    The River Chandrabhaga flows very close to the national park and there are a number of ancient temples, dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries that are situated along the banks of the river. The national park is closed to visitors from July to September every year. 

    Best time to visit : October to March
    Opening and closing hours : 10 am to 5 pm everyday
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep, Trek

    Highlights of the park :

    • Discover the wilderness of Rajasthan with a jungle safari
    • Witness several enchanting and captivating wildlife species
    • Go for trekking and explore this fascintaing park on foot
    • Revisit history with a visit to the JenanaKhas
  • 07Mount Abu Sanctuary, Mount Abu

    Mount Abu Sanctuary, Mount Abu
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    Situated in the oldest mountain ranges of the country – the Aravalli Hills, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1980 and is home to a large number of wild animals, birds, plants and trees.

    Measuring 19 km in length and 6 km in breadth, the altitude ranges between 300 metres to 1722 metres at the Guru Shikhar peak, which is the highest peak in Rajasthan. The most interesting feature about the rocks in the region is that they are igneous rocks and due to the effect of wind and rain, large cavities have formed on most of them.

    The wildlife sanctuary is home to a large number of plants and trees. The sanctuary has as many as 112 plant families belonging to 449 genera and 820 species. As many as 81 species of trees, 89 species of shrubs, 28 species of climbers and 17 species of tuberous plants are found in the sanctuary.

    A variety of orchid species are also found in the sanctuary. A part of the sanctuary also has bamboo forests. Among fauna, the wildlife sanctuary is home to a large number of animal species including lions, tigers, leopards, hedgehogs, porcupines, Indian hares, mongoose, pangolin, bears, wild boars, langurs, foxes, hyenas, jackals, small Indian civets, jungle cats, sambhars, and more. As many as 250 species of birds are found here. The grey jungle fowl is the speciality of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Best time to visit : April to June and November to February
    Opening and closing hours : 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Type of Wildlife Safari  : Trekking

    Highlights of the park :

    • Visit one of the oldest sanctuaries in the Aravalli range
    • Spot Leopard, which is now the main attraction among the predators
    • Witness 3 species of wild roses along with several species of orchids
    • Explore the rock formations that are results of water and wind withering
    • Enjoy picnic amidst the wilderness of the sanctuary 
  • 08Sita Mata Sanctuary, Pratapgarh

    Sita Mata Sanctuary, Pratapgarh
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    The Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan and is one of the important wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan. It was declared as a protected zone in 1979 and sprawls over an area of 423 sq km. Covered in dense forests, the sanctuary is the chief attraction of Pratapgarh.

    The landscape of the wildlife sanctuary is undulating because of the joining of three different topographically distinct landscapes – the Aravalli Ranges, the Vindhyachal Hills and the Malwa Plateau. The average elevation of the region ranges between 280 and 600 metres.

    The temperature of the region in the summers hovers between 32 degrees and 45 degrees, while in winters the temperature ranges between 6 degrees and 14 degrees.

    The Rivers Tankiya, Budho, Sita Mata, Karmoi and Jakham flow through the thickly wooded wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is situated at a distance of 45 km from Pratapgarh and 108 km from the city of Udaipur. The sanctuary is the only one in the country where high value teak is found in such abundance.

    It is home to a wide variety of plants, trees and wildlife animals. The Sita Mata wildlife sanctuary is often called a Bird Paradise because of the huge abundance of avian species found here. The most commonly found birds in this region include cattle egret, little egret, tawny eagle, Indian darter, grey heron, little grebe, little cormorant, white eyed buzzard, black winged stilt, and several others.

    Two new bird species namely, the white throated ground thrush and the black necked monarch, were discovered in the Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Among wild animals, the commonly spotted species include the neelgai, wild bear, spotted deer, porcupine, jungle cat, fox, jackal, hyena, leopard, pangolin, wild boar, caracal and four horned antelope. The most striking attraction of the Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is the vegetarian mammal flying squirrel. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to February.

    Best time to visit : October and March
    Opening and closing hours : 10 am to 5 pm everyday
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep and by foot.

    Highlights of the park :

    • Highlights of the park:
    • Delve into the land of flying squirrels
    • Spot several species of herbivore and carnivore animals
    • Witness the fascinating sites of Leopards
    • Visit Lake Palace, City Palace and SajjanNiwas Garden
  • 09Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary, Karauli

    Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary,  Karauli

    The Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Ranthambore National Park. The Ranthambore National Park was created by including nearby wildlife sanctuaries, one of which was the Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread over an area of 676 square kilometres, the Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan.

    The Ranthambore National Park is flanked by the Rivers Banas and Chambal on the North and the South, respectively. Visitors can get a splendid view of the rivers from the sanctuary. The sanctuary boasts of great natural beauty and is home to a wide variety of bird and animal life. It is named after the Keladevi Temple situated within the premises of the sanctuary.

    The commonly sighted animals in the sanctuary include sambhar, wolves, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards, tigers, jackals, wild boars, chinkara, and others. Visitors at the Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary can enjoy jeep safaris and bird watching trips in the sanctuary. Usually day trips are conducted at the sanctuary.

    The sanctuary is situated at a distance of 25 km from Karauli, which is another popular tourist destination in Rajasthan. A trip to the Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary is a highly rewarding experience as the region is not only significant in terms of wildlife but also in terms of culture and history.

    Best time to visit : September to March
    Opening and closing hours : 10 am to 5 pm everyday
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep

    Highlights of the park :

    • Catch the captivating views of the nearby Banas and Chambal rivers
    • Visit a part of the Ranthambore National Park
    • A home to some of the exotic and rarest birds
    • Spot some of the fascinating views of wildlife species
  • 10National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Kota

    National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Kota
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    The National Chambal Sanctuary is situated on the River Chambal, at the point where the borders of the three states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh meet. The sanctuary was first declared to be in Madhya Pradesh in 1978.

    Now, there is a narrow stretch of eco-reserve which is managed and administered by the three states. The sanctuary is also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary and is dedicated to the conservation of critically endangered gharials, the red crowned roof turtle and the threatened Ganges river dolphin. The sanctuary is protected under the country’s Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

    The sanctuary is home to several species such as the Indian Wolf, striped hyena, smooth coated otter, mugger crocodiles, and others. It is also home to eight of the 26 rare turtle species including the crowned river turtle, three striped roof turtle and Indian narrow headed softshell turtle.

    The mammalian species include hedgehog, flying fox, hares, porcupines, Northern Palm Squirrels, Indian Gazelle, Blackbucks, nilgai, sambar, wild boar, jungle cats, Indian grey mongoose, Indian small mongoose, and common palm civet.

    The main attractions of the sanctuary are the gharials, crocodiles, fresh water dolphins and rare turtles and these make the National Chambal Sanctuary one of the most exotic wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan.

    There are several activities that are offered to visitors at the National Chambal Sanctuary. Visitors can hire boats with guides at the sanctuary and enjoy photographing the muggers, gharials and crocodiles. Guests can also enjoy walking trails in ravines and along the river to closely observe the wildlife and the way of life in the jungle more closely.

    The Ater Fort is a dilapidated but extremely beautiful heritage site within the sanctuary. The fort, which was built by Bhadauria kings, is situated along the Chambal River and can be reached by jeep or boat.

    Accommodation is available at forest Rest Houses in Bah and Chakkar Nagar. There are several commercial hotels and lodges near the sanctuary. The nearest airport and railway station is at Agra. Boating and visiting arrangements at the sanctuary can be done by contacting the Conservator of Forests in Kota.

    Best time to visit : September to June    
    Opening and closing hours :  Sunrise to Sunset
    Type of Wildlife Safari : Boat

    Highlights of the park :

    • One of the ideal place to spot Gangetic Dolphins
    • Home to the largest number of turtle species
    • Take a boat ride and witness the mesmeric Indian Gharials
    • Enjoy bird watching amidst 320 exotic species of birds
  • 11Machiya Safari Park, Jodhpur

    Machiya Safari Park, Jodhpur
    For that perfect vacation this national park in Rajasthan and explore the Rajasthan wildlife.This is one of the most visited tiger reserves in Rajasthan.The Jodhpur Machiya Safari Park lies while in transit to Jaisalmer. It is around 1km from Kaylana Lake. It is an unquestionable requirement to see the place for those intrigued by untamed life.
    The principle fauna of the Machiya Safari Park of Jodhpur, Rajasthan incorporates, deer, desert fox, monitor lizard, blue bulls rabbits, wild cats, mongoose, monkeys, and so on.

    Best Time to visit : The best time to visit this sanctuary is during the month of October to February.
    Opening time and closing time: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Type of wildlife safari: The type of wildlife safari in jeep safari.

    Highlights of the park: There is likewise a selective bird watching point from where you can see countless. In this manner, serving as a decent place for feathered creature watchers as well. The safari stop additionally has a stronghold inside its complex. The stronghold likewise gives a pleasant perspective of the nightfall. Machiya Safari Park is an intriguing spot to visit with children.

  • 12Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, Bundi

    Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, Bundi
    Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, a famous one among the Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Rajasthan that lies on the main Nainwa road, 45 KMs away from Bundi. Lined by dry deciduous forests with a numerous number of trees like Khair, Salar, Khirni, Ber, Babool, Mango and Dhok, the parklets every visitor to feel the state rejuvenation and being closer to nature again.

    The sanctuary was notified in the year 1982 featured by the large ecosystem and it forms a passage for Ranthambore National Park. It takes 50 kilometres to reach Ramgarh from Bundi and 88 kilometres from Kota via Bundi.

    Best time to visit: During the month of September to May.
    Opening time and closing time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Types of safari: Jeep Safari and Trekking

    Highlights: This park remains as a haven for tigers, antelopes, hyenas, panthers and wild boars. An umpteen number of migratory birds come as flocks here every year which enhances the beauty of the park absolutely to the next level. The collection of flora inside the thick forest amazingly contributes toward the extension of the park to a large tourist group.

  • 13Mukundara Tiger Reserve, Kota

    Mukundara Tiger Reserve, Kota
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    While you are in Kota you need to visit this one of the best tiger reserves in Rajasthan. This is another national park in Rajasthan which allows you to explore the exotic Rajasthan wildlife. The Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve covers a zone of 759 sq km and is the dwelling place 50 tigers. The Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve is arranged at the southeastern visitor of Kota in Rajasthan. This thickly populated tiger store is the third biggest store in the state. It was in the past known as Mukundara Hills National Park and has been announced as a tiger save in the year 2012 by the Government of India.

    The closest railroad station to reach here is Kota though the closest airplane terminal is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur. Transport benefits likewise associate different Indian urban areas to Kota from where a private taxicab, jeep or taxi can be contracted to reach Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this tiger reserve is during the month of January to March
    Opening time and closing time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Type of wildlife Safaris: Jeep Safari

    Highlights: Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve is honored with a striking natural life including greenery. There is an assortment of wild animals like tiger, incorporate panthers, sloth bears,wolves, and chinkaras.

  • 14Baretha Wildlife sanctuary, Bharatpur

    Baretha Wildlife sanctuary, Bharatpur
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    There is another best tiger hold in Rajasthan which you should visit amid your occasions in Rajasthan. This is another best national park in Rajasthan. Encompassed by Kakund River Baretha Wildlife Sanctuary is scattered with water and the uneven region. This astounding natural life haven is 45 km from Bharatpur and spreads a territory of 199.50 sq. km.

    The asylum is honored with numerous wild creatures like Wolf, Sambar, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Hyena, Fox, Leopard, and water feathered creatures like Geese, Ducks, and Swans that relocate from different areas. Baretta Wildlife Sanctuary can be reached through Jaipur or Agra airport. Baretha is all around associated with all the real urban areas and can be effortlessly open by street.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit this sanctuary is during the month of February to November.
    Opening and closing time: 6:00AM -6:00 PM
    Types of Safari: Jeep Safari

    Highlights of the park: There are a ton of spots which you can visit while you are in the asylum. Dhundheshvar, Mahadev Mandir, Chand Baori, Surya Mandir, Bhangarh Fort, Jama Masjid, Somnath Temple, Bayana, Aghapur, Dauji Wale Hanuman Temple, Royal Palace are a portion of the close-by vacationer spots to visit around this haven.

  • 15Jaisamand Sanctuary, Udaipur

    Jaisamand Sanctuary, Udaipur
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    One would miss the genuine appeal of Rajasthan in the event that you don't visit the natural life haven in Rajasthan. This is another park where you can venture out to explore the Rajasthan wildlife.Jaisamand Sanctuary is yet another tiger reserve in Rajasthan which is exceptionally popular among the general population. Jaisamand Sanctuary is arranged at a separation of 51 km south-east of Udaipur and spread over a range of 160 square km. This Sanctuary was presented in the year 1957 and is honored with various species widely varied vegetation.

    The species incorporate sloth bear, panther, chital, chinkara, wild hog and a wide assortment of the winged animals that breed here, for example, darter open bill stork, lake heron, little cormorant and Indian Shag. If you are going by flight then the closest airplane terminal will be Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur. Udaipur joins Delhi to Mumbai by means of Jaipur and Ahmadabad. It will be a 9 hours' drive from Jaipur by street.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit the sanctuary is during the month of November to April.
    Opening and closing time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Types of Safari: Jeep Safari

    Highlights of the park: The Jaisalmer is situated beside an artificial lake which is prevalently alluded to as Dhevar Lake. Absorb the common magnificence of this district furthermore enjoy some energizing exercises like jumping and swimming.

  • 16Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, Shekhawati

    Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, Shekhawati
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    For the wildlife, lovers this is certainly the spot for your following visit. Tal Chhapar Sanctuary Shekhawati, Rajasthan is a standout amongst the most gone by haven in Rajasthan. Arranged in the Chiru area of the north-western piece of Rajasthan. Tal Chappar haven, arranged on the edges of the Thar Desert, is known as home to around 2,000 dark bucks. The closest Railway station is Chappar which lies on Degana – Churu – Rewari meter gage line of North Western Railways. The closest Airport is Sanganer (Jaipur) which is at a separation of 215 km from Chappar.

    Best time: The best time to visit this sanctuary is during the month of September to March.
    Closing and opening time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Types of safaris: Jeep Safari

    Highlights of the park: The sanctuary is honored with a great many transitory feathered creatures, particularly the harriers, including Montagur's Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Pale Harriers and Hen Harriers. Different winged animals usually found in the haven incorporate Imperial Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Short-toed Eagle, Sparrow Hawks, Skylarks, Crested Larks, Brown Doves, Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis and Demoiselle Cranes, which will be here until March. Blue-checked Bee-eaters and Green Bee-eaters are ordinarily found in Tal Chappar, for this is their breeding spot.

  • 17Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
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    In the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan,  almost five kilometres from the Bassi Fort Palace. Sprawls over an area of 50 sq km on the western border of Vindhya ranges, and is a habitat for many animals like wild boar, mongoose, hyena, jackal, four horned antelope and panther etc. it is also home to many migratory birds like pelicans and cranes which you get to spot during the winter season. 

    Trees like Dhok, Churel, Salar, Butea etc are found in the sanctuary and it mainly focuses on conserving animals like Panther, Hyaena, Jackal. Chital. Sarna Height and River viewpoint are two main viewpoints which are being built as a part of its development project.

    Best Time to Visit: October to March, mainly the winter season.

    Safari Timings: One can inquire about that, the safari rides can be requested when you are in a group.

    Location: Bassi Village, Near Bassi Fort, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312022, India

    Visiting Time: All days of the week from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

    Visiting Duration: It can be covered in 2 to 3 hours.

    Entry Fee:

    • 80 for foreigners

    • 2 for Indian students and 10 for Indian visitors.

  • 18Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary

    Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
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    It is situated almost 32 km from the city of Bikaner and one of the destinations that are gaining attention widely since the last couple of years. This protected area houses fauna like wild fowls, nilgais, deer, antelopes, black bucks, desert foxes, chinkaras, and wild boars. 

    It is hard to believe that the epicentre of heritage and culture which we fondly know as Bikaner can be home to such a protected area. In the centre of the forest lies a natural lake that serves as a heavenly abode to the dwellers of the forest. It is mainly a desert forest.

    Visiting Duration: About 2 hours.

    Visiting Time: All days of the week from 10 AM to 5 PM.

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit any wildlife sanctuary as the species a come out of their shell very often because of the weather condition. Visit between the months of November to March.

    Entry Fee: 100 INR per person.

  • 19Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 5 km from the Sajjangarh Palace and surrounds the palace in Udaipur. The backdrop of Bansdara Hill enchants one with beautiful views of sunset and sunrise. The sanctuary houses sambars, chitals, wild boars, hyenas, blue bulls, panthers, hares, jackals etc, apart from that, you can also spot a variety of reptiles like crocodiles and alligators and birds. 

    The ecosystem of the Sanctuary is supported by the Tiger Lake that is also famous as Bari Lake or Jiyan Lake. It is an artificial lake which was built by Maharana Raj Singh, the former ruler of Mewar, in 1664. Gorilla viewpoint enables a view of varied species of birds and animals and a small fish-shaped hill that is called as Machla Magra.

    Best time to Visit: The visiting hour starts from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

    Location: Fateh Sagar Road, Near, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Rd, Udaipur

    Nearest Railway station and airport: Udaipur

    Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indian visitors and INR 300 for foreign nationals.

  • 20Todgarh Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Todgarh Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary
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    It is one of the well-kept secrets of Rajasthan, very untouristy and untapped. One of the pristine wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan, Todgarh Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over Pali, Ajmer and Rajsamand districts of Rajasthan. It is situated at a distance of 105 km from Ajmer and the nearest railway connectivities are Ajmer Junction Railway Station and Beawar Railway Station. 

    The major wildlife of this thick tropical deciduous forest and grassland includes leopard, sloth bears, wild boar, common langur, chinkara Indian wolf etc. This wildlife sanctuary is situated in the village Todgarh and has an impeccable stamina for ecotourism.

    Best time to visit: Winters, from November to February.

    Visiting time: 7 AM to 6 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Entry fee: Up to 100 INR for Indian Nationals.

    Location: Todgarh village, Rajsamand, Rajasthan.

    Nearest Railway station: Ajmer Junction Railway Station and Beawar Railway Station

Wildlife in Rajasthan



Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Bala Quila Fort

Also known as the Alwar Fort, the BalaQuila Fort is one of the most historic destinations in Alwar, and is one of the tourist attractions in Alwar that should not be missed when you are in the Rajasthani city. Extending over an area of 5 kilometres, the fort stands stern and forbidding at a height of 1000 feet with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.

It was first built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550, but has since seen various dynasties rule over it as Alwar passed into the hands of Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and Jats. The fort still stands as imposing as ever, and is a great place to visit during an evening in the city. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm 
Location: Bala Quila   Rd, Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001

Bhangarh fort

If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people.

If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories.  

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Location: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410

Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place to visit when in the city. There is a wonderful range of artefacts that are displayed in the museum that speak of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular.

The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal families reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate yourself into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition. 

Timings:10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar, India

Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Siliserh Lake Palace

Siliserh Lake Palace is an erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge located on the banks of the Siliserh Lake that has now been converted into a heritage hotel which is run by RTDC. The hotel makes for a perfect dropback to a romantic holiday because of the beauty of its exteriors and the simple elegance of its interiors.

The lake is perfect for fishing, sailing and boating. It is also a wonderful budget option for those who wish to enjoy luxury but do not wish to burn a hole in their pocket for the experience. The in-house restaurant offers a great range of Indian and Continental cuisines that are soul-satisfying and filling. 

Price: 2000- 3000 INR/ 50- 80 USD per night approx.
Location:Siliserh Circle, Alwar 301001, India

Padmini's Palace

Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Rana Kumbha Palace

Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

Hill Fort Kesroli

Ancient fort turned heritage hotel, Hill Fort Kesroli is a magnificent place to indulge yourself in when on vacation in Alwar. It is a beautiful structure to look upon, and just as gorgeous to inhabit. The décor is in keeping with the traditional image of the fort, and history still has a presence in the long glossy halls of the hotel.

A stay in this fort allows you to escape the everyday bustle of Alwar while letting you immerse yourself in its culture and tradition as you rest your body in relaxation. 

Price: 5000- 8000 INR/ 70- 100 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli

Sariska Palace

This luxurious resort near the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the indulgence of a luxury hotel at the rate of a budget accommodation. Staying in this Palace during your stay in Alwar will allow you to experience the best of Alwar’s wild scenery, decadent luxury, and gracious courtesy.

The palace is located close to the sanctuary and the haunted fort, thereby offering its guests some of the best sights and sounds to be had in Alwar. 

Price: 1500- 2000 INR/ 30- 50 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar, Sariska, Rajasthan 301022

Kalika Mata Temple

Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

City Palace Alwar

The City Palace of Alwar is actually a fort that is located right below the Alwar Fort in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges.  Built in the 18th century, this fort reflects its rich cultural heritage in its blend of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

Though it mainly houses government offices today; the City palace is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. The Palace houses an artificial lake inside its premises as well as a museum that is one of the best in the state. A visit to the City palace will allow you to experience the best of Alwar in a comprehensive way. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar

Sanwariaji Temple

Sanwariaji Temple is one of the most renowned places to visit in Chittorgarh. The massive temple complex is considered second in religious importance only to the Krishna Temple in Nathdwara, and is a popular pilgrimage shrine in Rajasthan. Located approximately 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, this temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours in.

Serenity and positivity enrich the ambience of the temple, and the sacrosanct halls make for a peaceful place to mediate and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visiting the temple as soon as dawn breaks is a pleasant way to experience the solitude and quiet that the temple offers.
Timings: 5 am to 12 pm; 2.30 pm to 11 pm
Price: Free entry 
Location: Bhadsoda and Mandphiya village, Dist. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024

Sathis Deori Temple

Located inside the Chittorgarh fort, close to Fateh Prakash Palace, this temple is one of the best sacred places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The temple forms a part of the Jain temple complex, and is the largest amongst them. This massive Shwetamber Jain Temple was built in the 11th century and celebrates the life and virtues of Bhagawan Adinatha. 

The name of the temple signifies that at some point in history, there were twenty-seven temples inside this temple alone. Though no trace of these monuments remains, the SathisDeori Temple is a grand sight to behold in and of itself. The architecture is to be marvelled at for its intricate detailing and awe-inspiring domes. Sitting quietly in the temple allows you to immerse yourself in its ancient solitude.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


Vijay Mandir Palce

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar, the Vijay Mandir Palace is one destination you simply cannot miss while touring the city. It is located 10 kilometres away from the main city and is spread over a vast area of land.

The imposing structure attracts the eye from far off, and reflects its grandeur in the best possible way. The picturesque image is magnified in beauty by the reflection which sparkles in the lake below. An hour spent roaming the halls and grounds of this Palace will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, and you will return to Alwar armed with many Instagram-worthy images too. 

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Price: Free 
Location: Alwar District, Near Vijay Sagar Lake, Alwar, India

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